Celebrated Masters

Joanna Berman’s staging of Val Caniparoli’s “Hamlet and Ophelia” was just right. Caniparoli has a gift for perspective. He tends not to over-reach. Instead he instinctively gets when his argument has been made without talking past the deal. Moreover,  ...

Malpaso Dance Company

Seeing Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company is like watching a newborn foal rise on spindly legs to find its footing. Young in both longevity and the age of its dancers, Malpaso is making a revolution within a revolution in Cuba, and  ...

Onegin

John Cranko’s “Onegin,” closed a banner San Francisco Ballet season, with feature roles danced by a cast both new and old— or as a Girl Scout might put it, “One is silver and the other’s gold.” Cranko’s corps  ...

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King’s “Sand” premiered in this program. It’s redundant to speak of breakthroughs when it comes to King’s choreography. With each new season and collaboration, there’s an epiphany and the refinements that make it sing its name. It usually originates  ...

BalletX @ X

Gold-flecked wings adorned the sinewy bodies of Chloe Felesina, Francesca Forcella and Daniel Mayo as a trio of dance angels in Matt Neenan’s “Frequencies,” while the elegiac folk music of Jump Little Children flooded the Wilma Theater opening night of  ...

A Farewell at San Francisco Ballet

They call themselves “The Three Musketeers” because they have traveled a long road together at San Francisco Ballet, and before SFB, with Jeunes Ballets de France. The first one picked up the second to arrive at San  ...

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Performance April 1, 2016 Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe Attending an Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performance is a great way to see what is going on in European contemporary ballet without having to travel there.  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Coney Island’s Cyclone was the scariest ride in Kings County (the jurisdiction more popularly known as Brooklyn), until 1960, when New York City fathers built something scarier: the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (the BQE). In the 1953 film “The Little Fugitive, we  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Berkeley

The Alvin Ailey troupe is back at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall looking as good as ever — maybe even a little better. Under the artistic direction of Robert Battle, this large, well-disciplined group of dancers continues the tradition of its  ...